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Serena Williams says Goodbye Toronto

Last night ardent tennis fans of Toronto witnessed the end of the journey of a great player.

All good things must come to an end.

Last night ardent tennis fans of Toronto witnessed the end of the journey of a great player.

None in the stands wanted to believe that they watched Serena Williams play on Canadian soil for the last time.

She started her pro career on Canadian soil more than 27 years ago.

After Serena Williams lost second round match to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-4, the crowd roared as she stood for her last post match interview.

In her distinguished tennis career that started in Quebec in Canada, Williams has won 855 matches. She won four Olympic gold medals and  47 career hard court titles.

She won the Canadian Open title thrice starting in 2001 followed in 2011 and last time in 2013. She is  the last American woman to win in Canada. Ten of her 23 Slam titles came after the age of 30.

And now  at 40, after all that winning and honours, she has decided to call it a day.

After Canada, she has chosen the Arthur Ashe Court in New York for her career’s final farewell. She will exit the world of active tennis last time at the U.S. Open in New York next month.

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Not only Serena Williams, almost everyone in the stands, had tears in their eyes. Her fans waved and  many cried. They waved. Many cried. Williams  too cried as she failed to control her tears. She repeatedly waved to the crowd in her farewell post-match interview.

“It’s just been so overwhelming

“I’m terrible with goodbyes. But goodbye Toronto.”

“I love you all.

“There’s been some really good times here and I’ll be coming back as a visitor to this city. It’s been remarkable. I’ve had some amazing matches out here. And cool moments,” said an emotional Serena with tears rolling down her eyes.

She was presented with flowers, paintings, Toronto Maple Leaf and Raptors jerseys before  the 23-time Grand Slam singles winner walked off a Canadian court.

“Thank you for all of the support,” Williams said.

Only a day earlier she had announced her decision to hang her racket.

 

 

Prabhjot Singh

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